Packages of NZ shorts are off to a number of international events in the next couple of months.
Festivals are in French-speaking countries or regions. By coincidence, all the Show Me Shorts’ Gina Dellabarca will present a curated programme at Canada’s REGARD International Short Film Festival next week, while Wairoa has programmes heading for the rebranded T-Tahiti on 2 May and to France’s Rochefort Pacifique festival, which runs the last week of this month – as does the second edition of Maoriland here.
In Canada, Québécois will have the chance to see Dellabarca present seven titles which played last year’s Show Me Shorts Festival: Coconut by Charlie Bleakley, Eleven by Abigail Greenwood, In The Rubbish Tin by Riwia Brown, Queenie by Paul Neason, Ross and Beth by Hamish Bennett, Uphill by Jackie van Beek, and Matthew Saville’s grand champion and Oscar-qualified Dive.
The Rochefort Pacifique Festival will get a programme comprising Richard Curtis’ Ahi Ka, Renae Maihi’s Butterfly, Lennie Hill’s Footsteps, Darren Simmonds’ Inc’d, Riwia Brown’s In The Rubbish Tin, Poata Eruera’s Pumanawa, Rebecca Collins’ Tohunga, and Hiona Henare’s Uru. The festival also gets wrtiers Witi Ihimaera, who’ll present White Lies, Ngahuia Te Awekotuku and Deborah Walker Morrison. The festival will also screen features Boy and The Pa Boys.
T-Tahiti has a focus on strengthening relationships with NZ filmmakers, and has a reciprocal agreement with Wairoa (dating from T-Tahiti’s previous incarnation as Te Nati), which sees winners visit each other’s festivals to present their films.
Last year Darren Simmonds’ Inc’d took the gongs for Best Short and Best Actor (for Rob Mokaraka) at Wairoa, as well as winning the Te Nati award. Mokaraka and Simmonds will make the trip to Tahiti. The winners of T-Tahiti’s competition will travel to NZ less than a month after the Tahitian event to present their film at Wairoa, which runs in its customary Queen’s Birthday Weekend slot, 29 May – 2 June.
Other Wairoa titles which will be presented at T-Tahiti will be Richard Curtis’s Ahi Ka, Api Iho’s Home, Helena Bethune’s The Rangimoekaus, Jack Woon’s Rising Dust and Rebecca Collins’ Tohunga.